Options For Recharging A Dying Well

A well running dry is many a homeowner's worst nightmare, and for good reason. You depend on your private well for drinking water, water for cleaning and bathing, and for irrigation. Fortunately, a well can often be rehabilitated so that it can once again provide you with the water you need. 


Over time, sediment can build up in the well and block the water flow. If your well pump isn't positioned at the bottom of the well and you have been getting muddy or cloudy water, especially with weak flow, then sedimentation is often the issue. Sedimentation can also happen in areas where the water is particularly mineral rich. These hard minerals, like calcium and lime, coat the inside of the well. Fortunately, sedimentation issues are easy to fix — you simply need to have the well cleaned, and it should go back to proper functioning.

Pump Placement

The water table in a well can drop over time or even just seasonally, but this doesn't necessarily mean that the well is in danger of drying up any time soon. In order to avoid clogging, most well pumps are not placed at the very bottom of a well. If your water table has dropped, then there may still be plenty of water in the well but your pump may not be able to reach it. A well service can survey your well and determine whether your pump placement simply needs to be adjusted.

Well Depth

A dropping water table, particularly if it is a permanent drop and not simply a seasonal drop, can pose a greater challenge. This is especially true if your well is not deep enough to reach the now lower water table. The good news is that you still may not need to dig a new well. Instead, have the current well site surveyed to determine whether the new, lower water table refreshes at a usable rate. If the water table does refresh at a feasible rate, then you can have your existing well dug deeper for a much lower cost than digging a completely new well.


In some cases there is plenty of groundwater in the nearby aquifer to feed your well, but the bedrock and geology of the area isn't allowing this water to percolate into your well. Hydrofracturing can solve this issue. Water is pumped into the well at high pressure. The force of the water causes the bedrock to fracture slightly around the well. Water can now flow through these fractures and recharge your well. Much like digging a deeper well, this is a much more cost effective solution compared to relocating the well.

Many people are  struggling with no water coming from their wells, contact professionals in your area to learn more about this topic.